Oregon Truck Accident Lawyer

According to Oregon state statistics, in one year alone there were over 46,000 accidents involving motor vehicles, which resulted in over 27,000 injuries and over 450 deaths. A number of these accidents involved trucks, and because of the size and weight of these larger vehicles, the risk of serious injury or death due to a traffic accident is even greater.

In 2008 there was a total of 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses that were involved in non-fatal crashes in the United States. 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses were involved in injury crashes. 73,047 injuries resulted in large truck crashes, and 16,760 injuries due to bus crashes. There were also 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses that were involved in tow away crashes, and 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses that were involved in hazmat placard (carrying potentially dangerous substances) crashes. Most of the fatal truck accidents occurred 68% of the time in rural areas, 66% during the day time, and 78% of the time on weekdays. Passenger vehicles are less likely than large trucks to be involved in a fatal mutli-vehicle accident.

Anyone involved in a truck related accident in the state of Oregon is advised to seek legal action as early as possible. If the accident was through no fault of your own, then the chances are that you will be entitled to some sort of compensation for any injuries sustained. However, there are many details that have to be ascertained before any compensation can be received, such as the circumstances surrounding the accident, who is at fault, and whether the party at fault is insured.

One of the most common reasons why there is a collision between a passenger vehicle and a large truck is because of the passenger vehicles driver being ignorant of the truck's performance capabilities, including what type of visibility the truck driver has, and the limits that are associated with braking. This can also include changing lanes quickly in front of a truck, driving in the "No-Zones", right behind and beside the truck where the driver cannot see you, and not slowing down or speeding up when a truck starts to change a lane or merge. Truck drivers who are driving fatigued or who are driving a fault truck or a truck that is overloaded are also reasons for many accidents.

It can also be difficult to prove fault in accidents such as these, particularly if there was no witness. By seeking legal assistance as quickly as possible, you can improve the chances of getting all the information required to file a solid lawsuit. An experienced Oregon truck accident lawyer can help you put this case together and collate the necessary facts.

In recent Oregon truck accident news, a family has filed a $2 million wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver because of their 19 year old daughters death. She had been on the side of the road on her bike in a bike lane, and a trucker driving a cement truck couldn't see her. He turned right, and as a result crushed her under its back wheels.

It is equally important to enlist the help of an experienced Oregon truck accident attorney if you are the family member of a person who was killed in such an accident. The statutes concerning wrongful death can vary from one state to another, but an experienced Oregon truck accident lawyer will be able to use up-to-date information in order to take the most appropriate course of action. This could greatly improve your chances of winning a truck injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the driver or other negligent party.

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